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Arts and Entertainment

15 Of Our Favorite Events In L.A. This Week

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Here are 15 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


HAIM (Music)
The sisters Haim just announced a new album Something to Tell You, their second, out on July 7, and the band’s playing the Teragram Ballroom on Monday and Tuesday of this week. If that’s not enough, Haim released a live studio version of new song "Right Now," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) who stopped by the session and shot the band while they were recording.

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Snap Impression, a podcast and NYC-based live show is at UCB Sunset Theatre on Monday for one night. A comedy game show in three rounds that challenges comedians to jump in and commit hard to off-the-cuff impressions of both real people and fictional characters. Created and hosted by writer-performers Andy Beckerman (The Pete Holmes Show, Untitled Jessica Williams Project) and Ramsey Ess (Ramsey Has a Time Machine, Splitsider), the show will also feature Baron Vaughn, Nicole Byer, John Early, Megan Neuringer, Jon Gabrus and Tawny Newsome. 7 pm. Tickets: $5+ fee.

SUN VOLT (Music)
The influential alt-country band Son Volt is currently on tour in support of the band’s latest album, Notes Of Blue. Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, the band plays the Roxy Theatre on Monday night at 9 pm. Anders Parker opens. Tickets: $22-$25. All ages.


The Standard, Hollywood teams up with Cinefamily for the Fight the Power Film Series at the hotel on Mondays at 8 pm. This week, they’re presenting a screening of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 and 1984 on May 8. The films screenings are free with RSVP.

THE L.A. UPRISING: 25 YEARS LATER (Commemoration)
The Hammer Museum presents the series, The L.A. Uprising: 25 Years Later, from May 2-4. The events included in the series examine the incidents and after-effects of the L.A. uprising on its 25th anniversary. There’s a film screening of Spike Lee’s/Roger Guenveur Smith’s Rodney King on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with Smith and a reception. The panel "To Protect and to Serve: Strategies for Law Enforcement Reform 25 Years After Rodney King” follows on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and the series ends with a screening of Do Not Resist on Thursday night.


SEVEN GRAND (Anniversary party)
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar in DTLA celebrates its 10th anniversary on Wednesday night and have one heck of a party planned. The live music begins at 5 pm, and there are $7 drink specials all night long. There’s a Whiskey Emporium from 6-8 pm where guests can purchase $20 wristbands, granting them pours from participating brands, and access to a Suntory Whisky Highball Kart from 8-9 pm.

British singer-songwriter Laura Marling plays the Mayan Theatre on Tuesday night in support of her latest album, Semper Femina. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $27.50.

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Comedian/guitarist Dave Hill brings Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live! to the Viper Room on Wednesday for a live reading and concert detailing what happened when Hill posed as a teenage Black Metal guitarist online and tried to get signed by a record label in Norway. “As Lance, Dave began emailing with a Norwegian black metal record label in hopes of getting signed on the strength of one excruciatingly bad song called “Necrodreamraper.” Their lengthy email conversation, aka the Black Metal Dialogues (, quickly became the stuff of legend.” Doors at 8 pm. Ages 21+. Tickets: $10.

Cinefamily’s La Collectionneuse wanders east for her next screening. On Wednesday at 9 pm, there’s a screening ofTouche français, Jean-François Tatin’s series of 12 mini-docs on the impact of French electronic music at the new cafe/performance venue Zebulon LA (2478 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles). Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office and Zebulon LA, the event is free with RSVP. The film is followed by an after-soirée and DJ sets by Zebulon DJs.


THE MOTH (Story)
The Moth storytelling event teams up with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office and the Department of Cultural Affairs for a special StorySLAM at 7:30 pm on Thursday at The Los Angeles Theater Center in DTLA. Focusing on the theme of “Home,” the show intends to shed light on the issues of homelessness. Mayor Garcetti will tell a story (sans notes) as will 10 other storytellers. Tickets: $10.

LUCHA VAVOOM (Mexican wrestling + burlesque)
LUCHA VaVOOM celebrates Cinco de Mayo for two nights, on May 4-5, at the Mayan Theatre in DTLA. The Cinco de Mayan Sexy Fiesta includes Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, music and comedy. We hear that tickets remain for May 4, but May 5 is sold out. Doors: 7 pm, start time: 8 pm. Tickets: $48.50. 21+ event.

On Thursday night at 7:30 pm, The Paley Center for Media welcomes the cast and creatives of One Day at a Time—a new series from Netflix and Sony Pictures Television that’s inspired by the classic ‘70s sitcom. Expected panelists include actors Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and creatives Norman Lear, Executive Producer, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Showrunner & Executive Producer, Mike Royce, Showrunner & Executive Producer and Brent Miller, Co-Executive Producer. General admission tickets: $25.

SPEECHLESS (PowerPoint comedy)
Speechless returns to L.A. on Monday at 9 pm at Nerdmelt. The show features comedians or actors improvising a PowerPoint presentation that they’ve never seen before on the spot. The audience chooses the topic and everything snowballs from there. Hosted by Caitlin Gill, this week’s performers include: Scott Thompson, Colleen Smith, Bob Brindley and others. Tickets: $8-$10.

Westbound bar and eatery celebrates its first year with a birthday party on Thursday night. Funny Eddie will be on hand to create appropriate and not so appropriate balloon animals from 6- 8 pm as well as a bounce house, boozy slushy machines, cotton candy, popcorn and tunes spinning all night long. Free entry. 21+.

Home Grown at the Bootleg is a night of collaborative, self-produced dance performances that take place from Thursday to May 6 at 7:30 pm at the Bootleg Theater. Watch performances by B. Dunn Movement, Critical Mass Dance Company and Rappaport Dance. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; 10% discount available for students, seniors and DRC members.

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